I was born in Coventry in 1971 and attended primary school at Princethorpe. In 1981 we moved to Cork in Ireland and lived there for about 4 years, after which we moved to Lutterworth in Leicestershire. I attended secondary school there and went to university at Bangor in Wales in 1991 where I studied Theology.
In 1995 I went to the Venerable English College in Rome to train for the priesthood. I studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University and the Pontifical Biblical Institute (also the Hebrew University in Jerusalem from 2000-2001).
I was ordained priest in 2002 at St Osburg’s in Coventry and served as assistant priest there and also at St Austin’s in Stafford. I was parish priest of Burntwood and chaplain to Cardinal Griffin Catholic High School in Cannock from 2007-2013. In the last few years I was Catholic chaplain at the University of Birmingham where I also teach Biblical Hebrew in the Dept. of Theology & Religion. I’ve been teaching both Greek & Hebrew at Oscott College since 2002 and, for 6 years, was part of the ongoing formation committee for clergy, responsible for the newly ordained.
I have taken many groups to the Holy Land over the past 15 years and hope to take one from Warwick in the not too distant future! I’m very happy and excited to be here and looking forward to getting to know my parishioners and welcoming friends and family to visit me in Warwick. Please keep me in your prayers as I will keep you in mine.
To quote Belloc: ‘Wherever the Catholic sun doth shine, there’s always laughter and good red wine. At least I’ve always found it so. Benedicamus Domino!’